The Comics Journal #121, April 1988
(from We Told You So: Comics As Art, Fantagraphics Books, 2016)
...I haven't looked at this in ages, but I think we had a back-and-forth where I wrote a couple of pieces about [Dave Sim], and he wrote a big piece about me in Cerebus, and naturally I wrote a response and so forth. It was one thing after another. I remember Dave also attacked Bud Plant over some utterly specious nonsense, and I mean Bud is probably one of the few fucking saints in the comics industry. So they had this big brouhaha, and not too long after that, Sim was palling around with Steve Geppi and lifting brewskis and watching football games with him. Earlier he had taken this exhibitionistically moral stance about what an unethical person Geppi was, and then shortly thereafter he's buddying up to him. So I think he was displaying signs of neo-Ayn-Randian economic models back then that were sort of seeping out of his writing, which I thought were morally dicey. I think I went after that too.
At the time, these were like life-and-death issues and I wrote with that kind of urgency. Looking back, perhaps that was naive, but I wouldn't mitigate that passion, in retrospect, for anything...
Dave Sim "buddying up to" Steve Geppi
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